Insect Briefs – U of I Extension
Japanese beetles are back. Reports statewide indicate Japanese beetles are here (and in some locations, in very high numbers.) With corn starting to tassel and getting close to tassel, it’s important to remember, even though densities may appear to be extremely high, the average density of beetles across the field may be below levels of economic concern. An insecticidal treatment should be considered during silking if:
- There are 3 or more beetles per ear,
- Silks have been clipped to less than ½ inch, AND
- Pollination is less than 50% complete.
Also remember, that there are usually clusters of Japanese beetles near field edges and if those are the only locations sampled, it will skew the numbers….
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